|Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. –Zechariah 1:3
When God wants to send you a message, he really does tell you! I was at Church today and the message that was given was God urging us to return to him. There are a lot of blessings and curses in store for the world, and it is important for us all to turn back to God to ensure that our portion will only be in the blessings.
As I listened to the messages today, I thought back to the Israelites and how God gave them chance upon chance to turn back to him. Their actions called for the wrath of God, but because of his great love and compassion, God warned them, he in fact begged them to return to him so as to show them mercy.
As I was driving back to school from Church, I saw a flashing orange sign on the highway that read “September is a month of preparation…Be warned and be vigilant.” I thought that this was a very strange message to be shown on such a major highway (it was on one of those signs that are used to caution drivers about construction work, reducing speed, lane closings, etc) but I felt the Spirit of God tug at my heart the instant that I saw it. “What are we preparing for?” I asked this Spirit. And I heard him as clear as day, say, “your reward.”
Your reward? Yes your reward. Reflect on your life and think about what your actions warrant. If you are righteous and are serving God in spirit and in truth, then I assure you that your reward will be nothing but blessings. If on the other hand you are still living as the world does, I fear for you. God is a God that will be served and revered. He will do whatever it takes to make sure that he is number 1 in your life. He is going to rid people of those material things and people that stand in his way of being #1 and he is going to either do it the easy or the hard way; the choice is yours.
September is a month of preparation. Prepare to receive your reward. I implore you brethren to please make any changes necessary to ensure that your reward will only be blessings. Separate yourself from the world. Serve God in spirit and in truth and most of all return to God and he will return to you.
Stay blessed and spread the word.